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Fionnula Flanagan, who starred opposite Nicole Kidman in the 2001 film “The Others,” has been cast in Amazon Studios’ “Gortimer Gibbon’s Life on Normal Street.’ Also read: Clive Barker to Rewrite ‘Zombies vs. Gladiators’ for Amazon Studios “Partners” alum Sloane Morgan Siegel has also been cast in the title role of Gortimer Gibbon. Drew Justice (“The Little Rascals Save the Day”), Ashley Boettcher (“Aliens in the Attic”) and “Saving Grace” alum Robyn Lively are also among the principal cast. Luke Matheny, who won an Oscar for his 2010 short film “God of Love,” is directing the pilot. The live-action children’s pilot, »
- Tim Kenneally
Bush, who is coming off of CBS’ quickly-cancelled Partners, will portray Erin Lindsay, a member of the Cpd investigative team who has an unexpected past.
Flueger, meanwhile, will play Kyle Ruzek, a hotheaded rookie plucked by Voight (Jason Beghe) from the Academy for dangerous, delicate undercover work for the Intelligence unit.
Fun fact: Bush »
- Michael Ausiello
Here is last week’s caption pic winner. This week’s caption pic is at the bottom of the page.
Thanks to everyone for participating! The winner is …
“Republicans’ worst marriage nightmare comes true.”
Thanks to Zam for this week’s winning caption!
Weekend Birthdays! Cam Gigandet (above) is 31, Lesley Ann Warren is 67, Angela Bassett is 55, Steve Carrell is 51, Mark Salling is 31, Madeleine Stowe is 55, Sean Penn is 53, and Belinda Carlisle is 55. Here is my favorite solo Belinda single.
U.S. Olympic Committee Clarifies: Russian Law Is “Inconsistent With” Olympic Principles. Okay, so now what?
Russian pole vaulter Yelena Isinbayeva: My anti-gay comments have been ‘misunderstood’. Translation: “I’ve got to backtrack at Olympian »
In the following exclusive preview, Urie’s wedding planner finds himself in the middle of a farce when he’s covertly invited to Joy’s Indian dinner party, which she’s just hosting to get in the good graces of the best pediatrician in Cleveland, Dr. Kapoor.
Press Play to watch the sneak peek, then hit the comments with your thoughts.
- Vlada Gelman
Celebrity presenters will join actress Sophia Bush to celebrate the people who are improving our communities at this year’s Do Something Awards.
This year’s celebrity honorees are Patrick Dempsey, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Jennifer Hudson, LL Cool J and Kelly Osbourne, with five inspiring young people also being heralded for spearheading initiatives to build stronger societies.
For updates, check our #DSAwards hashtag on Twitter and head to DoSomething.VH1.com.
Then tune in to the Do Something Awards, Wednesday, July 31 at 8/7c on VH1.
New York, NY (July 22, 2013) — DoSomething.org and VH1 today announced that this year’s Do Something Awards (#DSAwards) will »
- Rahsheeda Ali
What a difference a year makes.
Last year at this time, we were excited that actor Michael Urie was going to be back on our televisions in the CBS sitcom, Partners. Unfortuantely the series premiered last fall to not-so-great reviews and low ratings, so CBS pulled it quickly.
Not one to be down and out for long, Urie is busy promoting his directorial film debut, He’s Way More Famous Than You, which was written by Halley Feiffer and Urie’s partner Ryan Spahn and co-stars Jesse Eisenberg, Vanessa Williams, Mamie Gummer, Ben Stiller and Ralph Macchio. The former Ugly Betty star also is wowing audiences off-Broadway with his one-man show Buyer & Cellar. The Jonathan Tollins play about a young man who takes a job at Barbra Streisand‘s underground personal mall (and meets the lady herself) did so well in its initial run that it’s moving to a larger theater beginning next month. »
- Jim Halterman
The Fall TV Season presentations for all the new network shows take place this week with the fourth announced today. Here's a full breakdown of which concepts have made the final list over on CBS.
The king of the networks easily remains in charge despite "Elementary" being their only fresh hit of last season's new shows. The network's line-up remains fairly stable with only a few key moves such as Thursday being expanded to include two hours of comedy programming, and "Hawaii Five-0" moving to Fridays.
Several other pilots didn't make the cut this week including the series sequel to the "Beverly Hills Cop" movies, a TV version of the comedy "Bad Teacher", the "NCIS" mobile spin-off "NCIS: Red," a procedural based on Leif G.W. Persson's literary homicide detective Everett Backstrom, the Frank Marshall-produced political thriller "The Ordained" about a priest turned lawyer trying to save his sister from assassination, »
- Garth Franklin
New York — The slow, lingering demise of "Smash" has felt more like a punch to the gut to the folks on Broadway.
The TV series about the making of a big stage musical came with a flurry of attention and some big names: Steven Spielberg, Debra Messing and Anjelica Huston. It was going to be a valentine to Broadway.
Sometimes, though, love letters get sent back.
After a first season with a healthy-sized audience averaging 7.7 million viewers, it returned this year to such dismal ratings it was banished to Saturday night. It won't be back for a third season.
But while TV was finally focusing on Broadway, plenty of stage veterans jumped to TV during the two-year run of "Smash." Some flamed out, some are holding on and some still hope:
It's been a rough end to what started out as a record-breaking season for openly gay characters on the small screen. After a 2012-13 season that featured a record number of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender characters on TV, this past week's wave of cancellations may drastically alter those statistics. Gone are shows that featured prominent gay story lines including NBC's The New Normal and CBS' Partners. Both were semi-autobiographical series about the lives of its nearly all openly gay creators -- Ryan Murphy and Ali Adler on the former, David Kohan (who's not) and Max Mutchnik for the
- Lesley Goldberg
This TV season started off with two promising gay-centric shows, the CBS broad sitcom throwback Partners, and NBC’s The New Normal. Both shows had a strong pedigree, with Will & Grace creators David Kohan and Max Mutchnik helming the CBS comedy, and juggernaut Ryan Murphy bringing us the NBC show.
Unfortunately, Partners was slow out of the gate, and when ratings didn’t improve, it was cancelled after six episodes. The New Normal (which is frankly, a better show), was given a full season pickup, but also struggled mightily in the ratings, even as it improved in quality over its freshman year.
In sad but unsurprising news, today NBC officially pulled the plug on the show. Unless another network picks it up (which is unlikely), we won’t get to see how new dads Bryan and David cope with newborn Sawyer, and The New Normal will officially become another show that was Gone Too Soon. »
When Sophia Bush began dating Dan Fredinburg a few months ago, friends say the actress knew the 31-year-old Google program manager was a keeper. "They're both so passionate about the world," a Bush confidant tells Us Weekly exclusively in its May 6 issue. "It's for real!" Fredinburg, who has photographed some of the planet's tallest peaks for Google Maps, "is super intelligent," says the insider, "and she really likes him." The former Partners star bonds with her beau over social activism, and Bush is already gushing to friends [...] »
CBS’ drama pilot The Surgeon General has enlisted three well known actors for guest starring/potentially recurring roles. The project centers on Dr. John Sherman (Jason Isaacs), the most powerful doctor in the nation, the Surgeon General, who has 315 million patients. Anna Deavere Smith will play the Vice President; Paul McCrane is set as the President’s Chief of Staff and Miguel Sandoval as Sen. Nortega. David Krumholtz is among a quartet of actors who round out the cast of the NBC/Sony comedy pilot Brenda Forever, which blends stories from Brenda Miller’s (Ellie Kemper) past and present to give a unique portrait of how a chubby, awkward but incredibly confident 13-year-old girl grew up to be a 31-year-old who still marches to the beat of her own drum. Krumholtz is set to play Neil, Brenda’s best friend. While the role is a lead one, Krumholtz has signed »
- NELLIE ANDREEVA
David Krumholtz has found a new onscreen bestie. (Sorry, Louis.)
Krumholtz will play a very close pal to Ellie Kemper‘s Brenda, a 31-year-old who does her own thing. He’ll appear as a guest star in the pilot; if the project goes to series, there’s a good chance he’ll be back.
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The potential series would consist of stories from Brenda Miller’s past and present, »
- Kimberly Roots
If you're wondering why so many of your Facebook friends suddenly have the same profile picture -- and why on earth it's a red equal sign -- Zap2it is here to help. While the U.S. Supreme Court weighs the same-sex marriage debate, many celebrities have changed their profile photo on social media sites like Facebook and Twitter to one version or another of the red equal sign your friends are sporting.
It's a show of support for the marriage equality movement. The image originated with the Human Rights Campaign, which changed their usual yellow equal sign over a blue background to a pink equal sign over a red background in an effort to unify supporters of its cause: advocating for the rights of lesbian, gay bisexual and transgender people.
Updated: Comedy TV writer Lester Lewis, who worked on The Office, died last night. He was 46. Lester most recently wrote and executive produced a “shortcom” project for Fox starring Michael Kosta, which the two co-created. It is eyed for the network’s summer Short-Com Comedy Hour series. Earlier this season, Lewis worked as a consulting producer on David Kohan and Max Mutchnick’s CBS comedy series Partners, having previously served as co-executive producer on Kohan and Mutchnick’s NBC series Four Kings. “We are devastated by the loss of this incredible man and brilliant writer,” Kohan and Mutchick said. “We had the privilege of working with him on two shows. They were both joyous experiences. Our hearts and prayers go out to his wife and children at this time.” Lewis was a consulting producer on NBC’s Emmy-winning Office, where he spent four seasons. He started his career on The PJs »
- NELLIE ANDREEVA
Exclusive: Will & Grace creators David Kohan and Max Mutchnick are venturing into cable with half-hour projects at Showtime and TBS. Both shows, which are in development, hail from Kohan and Mutchnick’s KoMut Entertainment and Warner Bros TV/Warner Horizon, where the duo is under and overall deal. At Showtime, Kohan and Mutchnick are in negotiations for an untitled single-camera comedy project — an Upstairs/Downstairs dark comedy that centers on a self-made first generation American billionaire, his family, and the staff that serves them. This marks Kohan and Mutchnick’s first project at Showtime, reuniting them with the cable network’s entertainment president David Nevins. The pair credit Nevis with helping them get Will & Grace on the air as a development executive at NBC where he got behind the duo’s script. At TBS, Kohan and Mutchnick have Clipsters, an ensemble multi-camera workplace comedy set in a hipster barbershop in the not-so-hip town of Worcester, »
- NELLIE ANDREEVA
Exclusive: Veteran TV comedy writer-producer Max Mutchnick, co-creator of Emmy-winning Will & Grace, has signed with Wme. Since he started his writing career two decades ago, Mutchnick has been partnered with childhood friend David Kohan. For the past 18-plus years, the duo has been represented by Scott Schwartz at Vision Art Management, who signed them in September 1994 after they had been let go from UTA. Schwartz went on to package eight Kohan and Mutchnick series, including Will & Grace and most recently CBS’ Partners. After the end of Partners, Kohan, who remains with Schwartz, and Mutchnick began contemplating their future. While the two continue to work together on several projects, they also will likely be doing projects separately, and Mutchnick’s signing with a new agency reflects that. »
- NELLIE ANDREEVA
Not every new series works out. There are a hundred reasons why a particular sitcom or drama won’t find an audience, but every year many series find themselves canceled early on in their lives. Just such a fate had befallen the CBS comedy Partners, which starred Sophia Bush of One Tree Hill fame. I have to give Bush my acknowledgement for making the move from drama to comedy even if it didn’t work out in her favor. It’s smart for actors and actresses to keep things fresh by jumping around and not getting tied down by a particular genre. Bush is apparently continuing with that train of thought as she has been cast in the Hatfields & McCoys drama pilot.
A modern-day take on an infamous feud, Hatfields & McCoys takes place in Pittsburgh after the death of a McCoy patriarch reignites the decades long fight between families. According to Deadline, »
- Brody Gibson
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Set in present-day Pittsburgh, Hatfields & McCoys finds the two rival families competing once again when a startling death re-ignites the two clans’ legendary battle. The blue collar McCoys will put the Hatfields’ wealth and power at risk as they go to war for control of the city.
Bush — who starred on CBS’ Partners this season — will play doc Emma McCoy, »
- Vlada Gelman
Exclusive: Sophia Bush is returning to drama series with a lead role in NBC’s hourlong pilot Hatfields & McCoys, a modern-day take on the infamous feud executive produced by Charlize Theron. Written by John Glenn and directed by Michael Mayer, the project is set in present day Pittsburgh. The startling death of the McCoy patriarch re-ignites the feud between these two legendary families, unleashing decades of resentment. One Tree Hill alumna Bush, repped by Wme and Joan Green, will play Emma McCoy, the shining star of the family and and the oldest McCoy sibling, a doctor. This season, she starred on the CBS comedy Partners. Celia Massingham has landed a lead role opposite Yael Grobglas in the CW drama The Selection. Set 300 years in the future, The Selection is an epic romance centering on America Singer (Grobglas), a working class young woman chosen by lottery to participate in a competition »
- NELLIE ANDREEVA
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